2018 Lunar New Year Celebrations – Part I

2018 Lunar New Year Celebrations – Part I

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Tết (Lunar New Year) is the biggest holiday of the year in Vietnam – how are you going to celebrate it? Check out the 15 suggestions below:

1. Vietnamese New Year Festival
22 Jan – 24 Feb 2018, 8 am – 5 pm
Imperial Citadel of Thăng Long
19C Hoang Dieu, Ba Dinh, Hanoi

Celebrations of Vietnam’s New Year (Tết) will be held at the Imperial Citadel of Thăng Long during January 22 – 27, 2018. This is where children get to know more about the traditional New Year holiday through archives of the French museum Albert Kahn, and wood carvings by Henri Oger that depict traditional Tết rituals and ceremonies. They can also enjoy traditional games and performances, and traditional paintings of different genres such as Đông Hồ, Hàng Trống, Kim Hoàng. Several other rituals, ceremonies and cultural performances will also take place.

2. Vietnamese New Year Fair 2018
26 Jan – 02 Feb 2018
Ngoc Chau Art Space
Alley 310 Nghi Tam, Tay Ho, Hanoi

An year-end event aims to bring you an amazing shopping experience with “truly Vietnamese” products. Not only offering many choices of consumer goods and handcrafts, the event is also an opportunity for businesses and craftsmen from the communities to bring their products to the public.

3. Eco New Year Fair “The Quintessence of Three Regions in Vietnam”
02 – 04 Feb 2018, 8 am – 5 pm
Pho Truc shophouses, Ecopark

This is the biggest, most impressive New Year Fair ever held at Ecopark with more than 200 booths which brings you an amazing shopping experience. We offer diverse choices at the fair, including groceries; specialties from all 3 regions of Vietnam, handcrafted goods; clothing, and decoration ornaments for the New Year. Participants can also experience the traditional Lunar New Year “Tết” with several cultural activities such as New Year calligraphy, making bánh chưng, and folk games,…

4. Exhibition “Tuất Dome 2018”
Opening: 02 Feb 2018, 3 pm
03 – 12 Feb 2018, 2 – 6 pm
Hàng Da Galleria

An annual showcase of paintings, sculptures and ceramics for sale to welcome the New Year, organized by the artist group G39.

5. Calligraphy Exhibition “Stroke of Spring – Art of Nôm”
Opening: 3 pm, 02 Feb 2018
Exhibition: 02 – 28 Feb 2018
Closed for Tet holiday: 14 – 17 Feb 2018
Vietnam Fine Arts Museum
66 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Ba Dinh, Hanoi

An exhibition of 50 calligraphy works by authors and researchers of calligraphy and Nôm – a logographic writing system formerly used to write the Vietnamese language – inspired by poems about the New Year and Spring by the late President Ho Chi Minh and famous figures such as Tran Nhan Tong, Nguyen Trai, Nguyen Huy Luong, Nguyen Du,… There will be calligraphy demonstrations and a calligraphy workshop for pupil at the opening of the exhibition.

6. REAL TET Festival
03 and 04 Feb 2018
Le PARC by Gamuda
Gamuda City (adjacent to Yên Sở Park), Hoang Mai, Hanoi

“Tet is getting boring” is what the majority says when the Lunar New Year comes. Why? Is it because we’re too focused on the virtual goals that we forgot what’s Tet about? You spend your year living on the internet, then spend a day live with no internet, no Facebook and come to REAL TET Festival to experience the traditional Tet – free of charge!

7. New Year Fair 2018 – “The Colors of Traditional Vietnamese Tet Market”
03 and 04 Feb 2018
Quang Ba Temple Community Center
Lane 67, To Ngoc Van Street, Quang An, Tay Ho, Hanoi

Nowadays, even though you can buy everything at a supermarket, to feel the celebration of the Vietnamese for the Lunar New Year and to treasure these traditional values, you need to go to a New Year village fair! Weekend Market is pleased to present the special, exciting event New Year Fair 2018 – “The Colors of Traditional Vietnamese Tet Market”.

8. New Year Fair for the Less Fortunate
03 – 04 Feb 2018, 8 am – 6 pm
Thong Nhat Park
Tran Nhan Tong, Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi

New Year Fair for the Less Fortunate (including people living in poverty, patients, the homeless, the disabled, people with difficult circumstances) is organized by the goodwill group “Ngoi truong uoc mo va nhung nguoi ban” (Dream school & Friends). Each participant will be given a card with all information about the fair location, helpline number. The card will have 10 boxes to be ticked, each box equals 50,000VND. They can then choose the products that they want or need, and give the card back to the organizers when they finish shopping.

9. Workshop “Draw + Write: A Childlike Tết”
Sun 02 Feb 2018, 4 – 6 pm
111 Quan Thanh (Dang Tat junction), Hanoi

The workshop “Draw + Write: A Childlike Tết” aims to offer a space for children aged 6-10 to enjoy Tết (Lunar New Year) in their own way. 02 main activities of the workshop include hand-making and writing Tết Greeting Cards. FEE: 150,000 vnd / participant (including a set of drawing tools). The workshop is limited to 12 participants and will only take place when there are at least 6. Register here. Contact: Ms. Linh (01266203694)

10. Charity Fair “Traditional New Year Fair”
Sun 04 Feb 2018, 8 am – 9.30 pm
Imperial Citadel of Thăng Long
19C Hoang Dieu, Ba Dinh, Hanoi

Charity Fair “Traditional New Year Fair” with more than 40 booths with many choices of goods for the Lunar New Year occasion. The booths are made by charity groups and friends with quality goods with reasonable prices. The fair is also a place to enjoy new year fair – the traditional way with activities, games, folk art. For detail information, kindly contact 0979 900 288 (Huyen), 0942 426 650 (Tuan Anh).

11. Giang Vo Spring Fair 2018
Opening: Mon 05 Feb 2018, 7.30 pm
Fair: 06 – 12 Feb 2018, 9 am – 9 pm
Cultural Friendship Palace
91 Tran Hung Dao

Giang Vo Spring Fair 2018 – with products from all regions of Vietnam, candied fruits and sweets, traditional foods from more than 300 businesses and manufacturers coming from more than 35 provinces in the country – promises to bring you the largest shopping event of the year of Hanoians on the occasion of the traditional Lunar New Year celebration.

12. Vietnam Regional Specialties Fair
07 – 11 Feb 2018
Aeon Mall Long Bien, Hanoi

New Year Fair with 126 booths, organized according to Japanese standards and in particular that of AEON Group’s, including New Year Gifts, regional specialties of Vietnam, decorating trees, calligraphy making, tò he, international food corner,… This will be an ideal space for your family and friends to enjoy the moment after a busy year of working and studying.

13. Hapu Village Fair – “The Good Old Things in Hanoi”
Opening: Fri 09 Feb 2018, 9 am
Fair: 09 – 11/02/2018
Hapulico Complex, No 1 Nguyen Huy Tuong, Thanh Xuan, Hanoi

An annual event recreating the traditional village fair of the Vietnamese each Lunar New Year with several cultural activities.

14. Calligraphy Fair 2018
09 – 22 Feb 2018, 6 – 9 pm
Literature Lake (Hồ Văn)
Temple of Literature, Hanoi

An annual event taking place at Literature Lake (part of the Temple of Literature) which offers live calligraphy demonstration, hands-on experience of Vietnam’s traditional crafts, folk games and other cultural activities.

15. 5,4,3,2,TET @ HRC
Fri 09 Feb 2018, 8 pm
Hanoi Rock City

A Pre-Tet concert and party at HRC, 5 days before the end of the Lunar Year. Set list: Empty Spaces (Psychedelic Rock), Stanford Reid (Neo Jazz and Hip Hop), SomeThing Spiritual (Neo RnB), and HipHop collaboration of DJ, Vocals, MC, and live instruments. Entry: 100,000vnđ.


16. Special Jazz Concert with Yamashita Yosuke
01 and 02 Feb 2018, 8 pm
Hanoi Opera House

A spring concert by the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra, featuring conductor Honna Tetsuji, Vietnamese saxophonist Quyen Van Minh, and Japanese pianist Yamashita Yosuke who is praised by critics for his unique piano style, which is influenced by free jazz, modal jazz and soul jazz. Ticket prices: 600,000 – 400,000 – 300,000 VND (For students: 100,000 VND). See ticket selling venues here.



Metropole Tet Market 2018

New Year Stall at Heritage Space

Talk Show “Living the Modern Tết”

Art Exhibition “Spring Colors”

Relive the Old Tết (Lunar New Year)

Bánh Chưng Cooking Class

Making a Tết Meal: A Time to Find Belongingness

Have a great holiday!

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